THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS blu ray movie review

Sennia Nanua stars in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via Modern Horror.com | onetakekate.com

The Girl With All The Gifts is a solid zombie flick with some cool surprises, fresh perspectives and the guts to think about the big questions in it’s closing twist.

Sennia Nanua starring as Melanie making her way through the "Hungries" in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via Slash Film | onetakekate.com
Sennia Nanua starring as Melanie making her way through the “Hungries” in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via Slash Film.

Based on the best selling novel by M.R. Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts is directed by TV heavyweight Colm McCarthy, who is responsible for solid thrills and drama in series like Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror. So there’s a definite lo-fi quality but the strength of the plot and the little differences to usual zombie horror thrillers kept me watching past the low budget feel of some of the sequences.

Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua and Glenn Close make their way through a zombie wasteland in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via Netflix UK | onetakekate.com
Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua and Glenn Close make their way through a zombie wasteland in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via Netflix UK.

Also keeping me watching was the superb effort of Sennia Nanua who makes performance choices well beyond her years and is incredibly enthralling to watch. Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine (a particular One Take Kate fave actor!) and Glenn Close also star alongside a slew of depraved zombie “Hungries” and a troupe of tortured, mysterious children.

Gemma Arterton teaches a special group of kids in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via BFI.org.uk | onetakekate.com
Gemma Arterton teaches a special group of kids in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via BFI.org.uk.

It’s a gritty, industrial look and feel for a zombie film with definite reminiscences to Danny Boyle‘s classic 28 Days Later but seriously don’t let that sway you from enjoying what The Girl With All The Gifts has to offer. With it’s moody but well selected score, economical but interesting cinematography – you’ll be enjoying where you’re taken on this ride and I think ultimately enjoy the broader questions that are asked about humanity, science, faith and playing god…just as all good sci-fi and horror should have you pondering.

Sennia Nanua as Melanie in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via IA Mag | onetakekate.com
Sennia Nanua as Melanie in The Girl With All The Gifts. Image via IA Mag.

It’s a no frills Blu Ray / DVD with no Special Features or deleted scenes to pick through; just a good, enjoyable movie-night-at-home zombie flick to get you hungry for more.

The Girl With All The Gifts is R16 and available now on Blu Ray and DVD.

Hit me up in the comments and tell me: What’s your favourite Zombie movie?

One Take Kate

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